General Assembly - The Cludgie.
|One of the highlights of the Royal Artillery Association was the meeting of delegates at the Imperial Hotel Blackpool, for the annual General Assembly.
In the early sixties, as a young and newly elected secretary of the Glasgow Branch, I was very pleased when I received my identification tag to put on my brand new blazer, on which my wife had sewn on my new cloth R.A. badge, with the gold and silver thread.
Arriving at the Imperial Hotel with my colleague, the branch treasurer, I approached the reception with a great sense of importance and announced,” I have booked a room for a Mr. Park and a Mr.MacInnes Glasgow delegates!” The girl gave a very friendly welcome, handed over our keys and directed us to the elevator which would take us to the floor where our room was situated.
After walking up and down the very thick carpeted passageways, we eventually found our room situated down a small corridor, on opening the door, to say we were shocked would be putting it mildly, there was no way we had any intention of staying in that room, I immediately returned to the reception and demanded to see the duty manager.
On arriving at the scene, he was anxious to find out what our complaint was, I told him that the room was unfit to sleep in, and that the whole room looked like a toilet. He was obviously very shocked and promised to take the matter up with those responsible, on returning to the room I gave him the key to open the door, at first his expression was one of amazement, then amusement, and then we all had a good laugh. The room we had been allocated was in fact a toilet, due to recent renovations to some rooms and bathrooms, the door numbers had accidentally been placed on the wrong doors.
Although we were quickly given another room, the incident was soon the topic of much discussion, so it was no surprise that a lot of jokes and banter was heading our way. On the Saturday morning before the meeting began, the Chairman made a statement on behalf of the hotel management, he intimated that no disrespect was intended towards the Glasgow delegates, and that they were extremely sorry for the inconvenience, they hoped that we would accept their apologies along with a tray of refreshments that was being sent up to our new room. He also said that the Management appreciated the good spirit and the manner in which we had accepted a most unusual situation.
While the Assemble has many important items to discus, sleeping in a bath was not one of them, although sitting on the throne and reading the paper is something that I am quite used to. I went on to attend many more Assemblies and would recommend to anyone, if you are offered our toilet, take it, you are guaranteed free drinks, so what more could you ask for.
Some of the cracks: “You are looking quite flushed “ - “Did you get that sinking feeling?” - “Are you all right for a tap. “ - “I heard there was a right shower in that room.” - “You were right to kick up a stink “ “The manager said you were farting about too much. “ There was more, unfortunately I can’t repeat them.”